Advice on hand Cut T&G on 2x6's for a batten style door

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Forum topic by alanzilla posted 08-29-2012 02:42 PM 1862 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-29-2012 02:42 PM

Topic tags/keywords: hand cut hand tools tongue groove batten door

Hello LJ community, I have done many searches and found tons of great advice on getting started with hand tools and a few projects, thank you all! I searched a bit but not finding much for T&G by hand on 2×6’s..It’ll be for a batten style door on my bathroom closet, and my new to me Stanley #48 isn’t gonna cut it. Man do I need to put it to use, did some practice cuts and it works great! Are 1×4’s out of the question due to hinge size? If so, what is the best way to cut T&G on a 2×6? Thanks! Alan

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#1 posted 08-29-2012 02:51 PM

Alan – You are going to have one almight heavy door if you use 2×6 boards to make it. Traditional ledge and brace doors were usually made up from 1x material and braced on the backside. The door was hung using T bar hinges making use of the braces on the back of the door to screw the hinges on from the front side. This will give a cottage style appearance and may not be your preferred style of course.

If you wanted to use butt hinges then I would use 3, 3” butt hinges, just make sure to mortice them into the door edge and door jamb to spread the weight over the door and jamb.

Good luck.

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#2 posted 08-29-2012 05:35 PM

Thanks for the reply, very informative! I knew it would be a heavy door with the 2×6’s, I’ve seen them used on an exterior door but didn’t think about using 1×4’s and mounting the hinges on the braced areas. I will check out those hinges and see what they look like, I’m not too concerned with the style as long as it looks decent. It’s a really old house, and all the doors inside are solid wood and heavy. There were doors in every room downstairs – from kitchen to dining room, living room to hallway, and two more in the hallway on each side of the basement stairs heading back to the kitchen, and of course there is a matching basement door. I removed most to open it up a bit and they felt like 100 lb. doors so I wouldn’t mind something a bit lighter to lug upstairs. Any other input would be appreciated. Thanks! Alan

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#3 posted 08-29-2012 06:39 PM

Don’t forget to factor in wood movement ! It could well be significant due to size, and in the case of a bathroom, even humidity considerations.

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